Rana catesbeiana ribonuclease (RC-RNase) and onconase were proven to own anti-tumor activity. While molecular determinants of onconase-induced cell death have become more explicit, the RC-RNase-induced death pathway remains presently unknown. Here we demonstrated that RC-RNase-induced molecular cascades in caspase-3-deficient MCF-7 cells did not include activation of initiation caspase-8 and -9. Cleavage timing suggested that procaspase-2 and -6 might be processed by active caspase-7 in MCF-7 cells. Caspase-7 was also responsible for cleavage of the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase. Furthermore, we reported that overexpression of Bcl-XL could raise the survival rates of MCF-7 cells treated with RC-RNase and onconase.
- Rana catesbeiana ribonuclease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology